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Peddlers and Princes Social Development and Economic Change in Two Indonesian Towns

ISBN-10: 0226285146

ISBN-13: 9780226285146

Edition: 1963 (Reprint)

Authors: Clifford Geertz

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In a closely observed study of two Indonesian towns, Clifford Geertz analyzes the process of economic change in terms of people and behavior patterns rather than income and production. One of the rare empirical studies of the earliest stages of the transition to modern economic growth, Peddlers and Princes offers important facts and generalizations for the economist, the sociologist, and the South East Asia specialist. "Peddlers and Princes is, like much of Geertz's other writing, eminently rewarding . . . Case study and broader theory are brought together in an illuminating marriage."--Donald Hindley, Annals of The American Academy of Political and Social Science "What makes the book fascinating is the author's capacity to relate his anthropological findings to questions of central concern to the economist . . . "--H. G. Johnson, Journal of Political Economy
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1963
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/1968
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 172
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Clifford Geertz, an American anthropologist, is known for his studies of Islam in Indonesia and Morocco and of the peasant economy of Java. But he is also the leading exponent of an orientation in the social sciences called "interpretation". Social life, according to this view, is organized in terms of symbols whose meaning we must grasp if we are to understand that organization and formulate its principles. Interpretative explanations focus on what institutions, actions, customs, and so on mean to the people involved. What emerges from studies of this kind are not laws of society, and certainly not statistical relationships, but rather interpretations, that is to say, understanding. Geertz taught for 10 years at the University of Chicago and has been the Harold F. Linder professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Introduction
Two Indonesian Towns Modjokuto: A Javanese Market Town Tabanan: A Balinese Court Town
Economic Development In Modjokuto
The Bazaar Type Economy: The Traditional Pasar The flow of goods and services Regulatory mechanisms Social and cultural characteristics
The Firm Type Economy: Toko and Perusahaan Three stores Craftswork and manufacturing Household industry and manufacturing
A Rising Middle Class and Its Problems
Economic Development
In Tabanan Rural Social Structure and Economic Organization
Types of economic grouping
The Tabanan Aristocracy and the Firm-Type Economy Some modern enterprises Upper Caste Revolution and the Limits of Tradition
Conclusion: Modjokuto, Tabanan, and Indonesia Social Dynamics of Economics Modernization Local Development and National Planning
Index